WARM AND FUZZY
Keeping you warm is a wetsuit’s main task, but in some ways, it's the trickiest to evaluate.
Our gear tests often include detailed objective testing — such as running regs on a breathing simulator, or dive computers in a hyperbaric chamber — that’s not really possible with wetsuits. While we asked test divers to rate suits for warmth (see “How We Test”), we acknowledge the subjective nature of assessments that are contingent on so many variables, from the number and condition of previous dives to — above all — the individual fit of a suit.
Given that, it was no surprise in reviewing our results that the best-fitting suits (including the fit of neck, wrist and ankle seals) felt the warmest to divers.
But what did surprise us a bit was that divers sometimes noted that a suit felt noticeably “warmer” to them — sometimes even after they had already completed multiple previous dives that day.